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Today's News

  • Griffith Gym rededication

    Los Alamos school officials joined with students, parents and coaches to rededicate Griffith Gym in memory of 1958 Los Alamos High School graduate Lt. Thurston “Turk” Griffith Jr. Robert Sutton said his cousin’s courage, valor and sacrifice is a reminder of the many more student achievements to come.

  • Lab recognizes pollution prevention efforts

    Efforts to refurbish used gas containers, perform wildfire-related work in the winter, and recycle thousands of lead bricks were among projects winning awards at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s annual P2 Awards ceremony held April 17 at Fuller Lodge.
    Employee ideas allowed the Laboratory to save or avoid using more than 100,000 reams of paper, 3,000 chemical containers, 9,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 50 million gallons of fuel, and 80 tons of metal.  
    In addition, environmental-related projects enabled the Laboratory to recycle more than 5 million liters of water and reduce the amount of hazardous and radioactive waste generated by Lab operations by more than 2,500 cubic meters.

  • Budget hearing odds and ends

    As budget hearings wound down last Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Council considered citizens’ requests and a list of “unmet needs” submitted by various departments.
    Many residents have objected to the decision to discontinue the print version of the county’s newsletter, “The County Line.” Council was ready to reintroduce a printed newsletter for those who prefer it. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle argued for sending a print version to every household with their utility bill and seemed to be under the impression that was how the newsletter was delivered in the past.
    Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger explained what reinstituting a print version would entail.

  • Alcohol may be factor in Sunday's Main Hill crash

    Alcohol may have been involved in a motorcycle and truck collision Sunday afternoon, which closed the main hill — N.M. 502 — for hours and sent one man to the hospital.

    Los Alamos County Police and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Departments responded to the incident at 3:59 p.m.

    Santa Fe Sheriff’s Lt. Joe McLaughlin said the motorcyclist, Peter Padilla, 47, of El Prado, was heading southbound down the hill, lost control of the motorcycle and swerved into oncoming traffic around the bend at Anderson lookout. Los Alamos resident Rodney Dominguez, 44, who was driving a Toyota Tundra, was driving up the hill when he saw Padilla and swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting him, but the motorcyclist struck the left side of the truck.

  • Burgess satisfied with hearings

    Harry Burgess found his first budget hearings as Los Alamos county administrator very familiar.

    “It’s not all that different from place to place,” Burgess said. “It’s always a balancing act. There are always more needs and desires than resources.”

    By and large, Burgess was pleased with the outcome.

    “Overall, I thought the process went well. We accomplished pretty much what we wanted within the time allowed. We are still within the proposed budget; we still have a plan to continue to provide the same level of service - something very important in this climate - and not reduce staff.”

  • Vilmain shows her work at MPL

    Suzanne Vilmain has devoted much of her life to words, first as an English teacher and always as an artist who uses words and text both as the symbols they are and as design elements. She brings some of her work to Mesa Public Library in “Bound Under the Influence: Book Arts by Suzanne Vilmain.”
    In Vilmain’s words,

  • Be There 04-24-12

    Wednesday
    The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board combined committee meetings about Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy waste cleanup and environmental monitoring will be at 1 p.m. in the Bradbury Science Museum.  

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

  • Assets in Action: Focusing on the religious community

    The Asset category of focus this week is number 19, religious community.
    This is when a young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
    Just in case the word religion turns you off, hold on a minute.
    The beauty is the folks at the Search Institute also look at religion defined as being spiritual.
    If the topic interests you, you can visit Search–Institute.org and type “spirituality” in the search box.
    The link will provide opportunities to look at the current generation vs. baby boomers and view information on everything from spirituality measures to psychological personality measures.

  • Water schemes, state themes

    In New Mexico, like that trick of light that makes a highway look wet when it’s not, things are not always as they seem.
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the State Engineer’s denial of an application to pump an ocean of water from western Catron County because it was “vague, over broad, lacked specificity, and the effects of granting it cannot reasonably be evaluated.”
    I now learn that two of the contractors, including a hydrologist who won an Ethics in Business award, have recently quit the project, and reportedly there were issues about getting paid. Apparently, the project has two sets of professionals, an arrangement that would support consensus unless the land owner is shopping for opinions.

  • Lab potential conflict should be eliminated


    Concerning your article “Watchdog group assails lab salary spike” I think LANL’s response is disingenuous. The Lab says:
    “The majority of the figure reported [i.e., the LANL Director’s $1 million annual compensation] under DOE stimulus funding guidelines is an increase in pension value. Also included are salary, life insurance, health benefits, and other total compensation,” lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said.
     “The portion of the director’s annual salary reimbursable by the government is about 35 percent of the reported figure and is comparable to previous director salaries, adjusted for inflation.”